Sunday, 18 April 2010

Hessian Commissary

You can imagine the scene...

Commissary von Dumkopf: "Zis is very disappointing. You said you could supply ze Burgunder from Baden-Baden and now you say zis is not possible and I must do with some French nonsense instead?"

Mr Berry, purveyor of fine wines to the nobility and gentry: "Come on guv, don't you know there's a war on? You're lucky I managed to get anything past the Frenchies on blockage. Now my good friend Mr Gallo has managed to find me some excellent pinot noir from the south of France, the spiritual home of your Burgunder I believe. This is top notch stuff and as a gesture of goodwill I'll throw in a case of Louisiana Claret for no extra charge. Frankly, I'm robbing meself."

Von Dumkopf: "Vell, I suppose it will have to do. And to be honest, Colonel Rall will drink anything. I am sure he will enjoy Herr Gallo's wines at the Trenton garrison's Christmas Eve dinner."

These are the Voltaire and Frederick the Great figures from Eureka's latest 18th century civilians release. The story, linked above, of how US giant E&J Gallo had been duped into selling cheap French merlot as pinot noir provided the inspiration as to how to incorporate these figures into my AWI collection. The Frederick figure is painted as a commissary from the Hesse-Cassel corps. I could not find any information on the uniform of Hessian commissaries, so followed the Prussian uniform in the SYW, on the basis that the Hessians often followed Prussian practices and styles - it seemed a decent default option. A certain amount of artistic licence was necessary on the Frederick figure - this is clearly a very senior commissary. The barrels and crates are resin items are from Warlord Games.

2 figures. Painted March 2010.


Stokes Schwartz said...

I like them very much!

Best Regards,


paulalba said...

Great painted figures and very fine link with the sour grapes case.

Gallowglass said...


Tank Girl said...

Great brushwork an excellent use of the miniatures.


Sire Godefroy said...

Finally, more AWI stuff. Cool figures, thought about purchasing them for myself, but postage was a killer. The idea of this vignette is also nice; just great how you embellish your collection with such fine details.
I have no clue about the actual story's background, but I suggest that a Hessian commissioner would prefer a Riesling or (if red) a Pinot noir from the Hessische Bergstra├če area. ;-D


Phil Olley said...

"No Blue Nun then?!"
Nice vignette Giles.

legatus hedlius said...

Lovely! And I had missed that wine story. We used to have a holiday home in Langedoc-Rousillon when I was young and the local wine was appalling!

Bluewillow said...

A lovely vignette I wouldn't have thought of